Vesper Flights

£16.99

ISBN: 9780224097017 Author: Macdonald, Helen Publisher: Jonathan Cape, Vintage Publishing Publication Date: 27th August 2020 Imprint: Jonathan Cape Cover: Hardback Dewey: 508 (edition:23) Pages: ix, 261 Language: English Readership: General - Trade / Code: K Category: Subject:

Animals don’t exist to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves. This book presents a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world. Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved pieces, along with new essays on topics and stories ranging from nostalgia and science fiction to the true account of a refugee’s flight to the UK.

*A GUARDIAN, FINANCIAL TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, BBC SCIENCE FOCUS MAGAZINE AND TIME MAGAZINE BOOK OF THE YEAR*

*A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER*

*A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK*

Animals don’t exist to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves.

From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk comes Vesper Flights, a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world.

Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best-loved writing along with new pieces covering a thrilling range of subjects. There are essays here on headaches, on catching swans, on hunting mushrooms, on twentieth-century spies, on numinous experiences and high-rise buildings; on nests and wild pigs and the tribulations of farming ostriches.

Vesper Flights is a book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make the world around us. Moving and frank, personal and political, it confirms Helen Macdonald as one of this century’s greatest nature writers.

‘Thrilling dispatches from a vanishing world… A powerful – and entertaining – corrective to the idea that the only hopes that matter on this planet are those of our own species’ Observer

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